Social Robot and Sensor Network in Support of Activity of Daily Living for People with Dementia
In this paper, an eHealth system is described to improve the lifestyle of people with dementia and their caregivers. In the eWare project, a social robot is integrated with a sensor network to measure ADLs with the goal to provide context relevant suggestions to the person with dementia and reduce the caregiver burden. Furthermore, the context relevant messages can remind people with dementia to perform the activities that they want and need to perform, but forgot due to a decline of brain. The developments are based on iterative co-design and in-situ evaluations with people with dementia and their (in)formal carers. The architecture configuration of eWare was tested in laboratory experimental tests to provide a final ecosystem that will be further evaluated during the pilot cases of the project.
KeywordsDementia Social robot Measurements
The authors thank the care professionals and solder people who participated in the studies, and the eWare project partners for their support. We gratefully acknowledge support from the European Commission’s Active and Assisted Living programme, co-financed by the consortium national funding agencies. The authors also thank Eva de Jong, Peter Ruijten and Raymond Cuijpers to collaborate in some activities described in the paper.
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